Consulting

Learning First works with schools and federal, state and district school systems to develop and implement reforms that make a real difference in schools

Learning First works with schools and state and district school systems to develop and implement reforms that make a difference to how students learn. We focus on the steps schools need to take to improve teaching and learning, and then identify how policies need to be set, and how different parts of the system need to operate, in order to achieve these changes in the classroom.

We help systems to develop strategy and implementation processes so that they can improve:

  • Teacher preparation and professional development
  • Leadership strategy and development
  • Data systems, evaluation and accountability policies
  • District and regional structures and roles

We combine strategy and implementation advice to provide tangible reform steps and a process to introduce change.

For example, instead of looking at implementing standards on their own, we look at how teacher professional learning, school improvement processes and reporting, and data and accountability policies need to be structured so that they make a difference in schools.

 

System reviews of Japan, the Netherlands and Norway.

 

 

A three-year project to advise on a system reform strategy and implementation.

 

 

A two-year evaluation of a program to build Professional Learning Communities in schools.